Common Misconceptions About Eating HealthyBy Richard Dane
First, take everything you think you know about eating properly and just FORGET IT! I am going to start from scratch and let you in on a little known fact about eating right. I hope you are ready for this, it's going to be shocking!
Healthy Eating Plan
- How Many Meals Should You Eat
- What Kinds of Foods Should You Eat
- How Many Calories Should You Consume
How Many Meals Should You Eat
The first common misconception is that you should eat 3 meals per day. Whoever told you that breakfast, lunch, and dinner were the only times to eat was sadly mistaken. As a matter of fact eating 3 larger meals throughout the day will slow your body's metabolism down quite a bit. Why is that you may ask? Well, simply put, when you don't eat often enough your body starts to store carbohydrates and fats for use later on. The best way to stop this natural occurrence is to eat more often.
I personally eat 6-7 times per day. Let me map out a typically eating schedule so you have an idea of what I am talking about:
6:00 - Wake Up - Granola Bar
8:00 - Arrive At Work - Bowl of Oatmeal
11:00 - Lunch Hour - Turkey Sandwich, Apple, Raisins
2:30 - Afternoon Break - 1/2 Cup of Peanuts
5:30 - Dinner - Meatloaf & Broccoli
7:30 - Snack - Cheerios With Skim Milk
10:00 - Bedtime - Serving of Yogurt
Notice how I am spacing out my eating in intervals of 2-3 hours all day long. This is the best way to keep your body burning calories at the fastest speed. Some people don't have problems with a slow metabolism, but if you are like most people, then this will speed things up!
What Kinds of Foods Should You Eat
To put this to rest once and for all, let me answer it with just one word, ANYTHING. If you are eating in the manner and timing that I have discussed you can include all of your favorite foods. I am not saying that you should eat fast food all day long, but as long as you are not excessive with foods that are high in trans fats and carbohydrates, then you will lose weight and be more healthy overall.
If your are looking to lose weight and put on muscle, then I would suggest eating protein in each of your meals. Proteins are quite complex when it comes to the makeup and digestive process of such molecules. It takes more energy for your body to break down and process proteins than any other foods that you consume. What this means is, you will burn more calories just by eating more protein. You can find protein in all sorts of healthy foods, such as turkey, roast beef, eggs, and pork.
Protein will also help you to build muscle which is the next benefit of eating healthy. Muscle will naturally burn more calories while at rest than fat. Therefore, the more muscle that you pack onto your body, the more calories you will burn just by sitting and doing nothing. I have always found that to be interesting and I hope you do as well.
How Many Calories Should I Consume
This is a very tricky question and is really dependent on the type of lifestyle that you have and many other factors. I know several of my friends that weigh around 175lbs and eat over 3000 calories per day. However, they exercise often and are always on the go. For someone that works in an often and chooses not to exercise, then you can definitely still lose a significant amount of weight, but I would cut my calories down to 1500 - 2000, for the same 175lb person. The reason why counting calories is not really an accurate and effective way to control and lose weight is because calories are nothing more than a unit of measure. So, for me to sit here and say that each person should only eat 1,200 calories per day and you will lose weight, would be a totally false statement.
Each person, really needs to determine how active they are going to be, and base their calorie consumption around that number. Your body will naturally burn a certain amount of calories all by itself and it is up to you to do the rest. Exercising even twice a week will not only boost your metabolism, but it will give you a lot more energy throughout the rest of the week. As much as we all don't always want to go for that walk or get on that treadmill, it truly is good for your body and will make you feel better.
I am not saying that you need to do anything over the top, like running a marathon or going through boot camp, but simply walking briskly will do the trick. An even better to maximize a short exercising session is to lift weights for about 5-10 minutes prior to walking, which will boost your heart rate to the aerobic level, and thereby help you to burn more calories in the same 20-30 minute session. It will take you about 2-3 times as long to get your heart rate to an aerobic level, above 150, if you start out walking instead of lifting weights. So, by lifting weights and walking 2nd, in the same half hour session, you will potentially burn twice as many calories. How's that for a great piece of advice!
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